Gathering for Action
TomKat Ranch brings people together for meaningful conversations that catalyze the transition to a regenerative agriculture system. We welcome people to learn, share, and act together by hosting convenings, meetings, field walks, and internships. We share our story and findings through workshops, classes, publications, and social media.
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“We use TomKat Ranch as a catalyst for transforming how we care for the land and each other. Regenerating communities goes hand in hand with regenerating and restoring healthy land.”
Healthy Soils and Resilient Ranches
TomKat Ranch hosts farmers, ranchers, land managers, and scientists working on research and practices to improve the ecologic and economic resilience of working lands.
Day at the Ranch
Throughout the year, we gather people and partners from all walks of life together for meaningful conversations about regenerative ranching, our fork to farm efforts, and everything in between. Because we don’t know where the next great idea will originate, we strive to include a diversity of perspectives and are enthusiastic supporters of the theory of emergence.
Women In Ranching
Co-hosted with Paicines Ranch, these workshops are a chance for women working in rangeland management, many of whom live in remote and isolated environments, to connect, share, and learn together. Participants are encouraged to think big and work in collaboration with each other as they look to tackle the challenges of ranching in today’s world.
Healthy School Food
California schools serve hundreds of millions of meals each year and 60% of students are eligible for free and reduced school meals. We support conversations and programs that aim to bring nutritious and regenerative food to California’s kids.
A classroom like no other, our Gallop Adventures provide instruction in communications, thinking patterns, and teamwork through guided interactions with horses. Because horses have the capacity to reflect our strengths, their insights can inspire and restore a sense of purpose and inner peace. Participants explore group dynamics, communication patterns and styles, boundaries and body language, and working as a “herd” to collaborate with others.
Artists for Agriculture
As Wendell Berry said, “There is an inescapable kinship between farming and art, for farming depends as much on character, devotion, imagination, and the sense of structure, as on knowledge.” We invite artists to TomKat Ranch to interpret agriculture through their art and expand our understanding of what is, what could be, and what we must do to improve, as Mr. Berry puts it, our “practical art.”
Zero Waste Program
TomKat Ranch strives to recycle or compost as much of our waste as possible. In 2015, we engaged a zero waste consultant to help us triple our landfill diversion rate. We continue to look for ways to improve how we handle waste and how we can reduce, re-use and re-purpose the resources of the planet through our work.
Internships and Apprenticeships
The TomKat Ranch internship and apprenticeship is a paid educational opportunity that provides broad exposure and experience for individuals interested in agriculture and food systems. It is our hope to share TomKat Ranch’s insights with the next generation of agriculture professionals.
News and Resources
Photo Credit: William Milliot